Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Spring in Our Garden

Virginia bluebells, woodland poppy, and lungwort

Crabapple in bloom, hostas coming up


Flowering quince in the herb garden

Love those snowdrops: need to plant more!

Viola planted from seed

Couldn't resist instant color - Knock-Out Rose

Pretty peach daff.

This is my most favorite time of the year - the time I wait for all the rest of the year! I love that soft green just coming on, the blooming trees, noisy mating birds, and best of all, the spring peepers. We can hear them from the creek across the back field. Of course that also means the louder frogs in our pond (and our unopened pool!) But I don't mind. We look for the eggs and then the tadpoles. I love nature!

Smaller male on female. See the strings of eggs?
 To end this post I will share what I saw when I went outside this morning. Five huge vultures perching on our barn. They look rather menacing, don't they?

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Meet Our New Granddaughter!

This is our Andrew with his precious baby girl, Beatrix. Isn't she the sweetest thing! (It looks like she has Tad and Klaus's red hair.) They called us at about 10:00 Monday night and said I should probably come over to stay with the other kids. When I got there, Alison was bustling around (through her contractions) getting everything ready to go. We were going to take Tad to our house and a friend was coming to stay with the twins. They were only at the hospital for about two hours, when out she came! No time for an epidural. I guess when you've had three babies already, you know what to do!

She came at just the right time too. Andrew didn't want her to come before he turned in his dissertation last Friday, but they wanted her to come before the 22nd when he does his defense. Boy, these kids have a lot going on! We were worn out just having Tad for two days:) Really he was so good and delightful to have around. Now he is back home and they are settling in. I'll be taking food over. No time for them to cook!!!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Look at the Size of this Egg!

One of our regular eggs.

If Rick had brought this egg in on Friday, I would have thought it was an April Fool's joke! But no, one of our poor hens had laid this huge egg. Most of our eggs are "extra large", but nothing like this. All I can say is "OUCH"!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter Fun

What a wonderful Easter! Andrew brought the boys over for an egg hunt and dinner. Alison is expecting their baby girl in a few weeks and needed a break so she stayed at home.  The weather turned out perfect for playing outside and looking for eggs. As you can see, the little guys are more interested in the chickens than anything else. But Tad was all for finding the eggs with the treats and toys inside! Then we had to inspect the gardens and swings. Even though Jasper is a little bigger and more sure on his feet, Klaus is the thrill seeker! He loves going high on the swing and being thrown in the air. Even though they are twins, they are different and special in their own ways.

I had fun decorating and making goodies for dinner. And I love to make little favors for each plate. It gives me another excuse to use my paper crafting supplies! The stamps I used are from Lawn Fawn. I love their images and they are so much fun to color.

Did you notice those cute toys for the boys? I found those at Meijer. Each little house has several animals that make a sound. We were mooing and growling a lot!

I hope everyone had a good weekend and Easter celebration (if you do so). This is my favorite time of the year and I will be posting pics of our gardens and some new spaces very soon. Have a great week!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Hearts and More Hearts

I realize that Valentine's Day is just a fond memory now, but I wanted to share one of the gifts my sweet, talented husband made for me.

It's a stepping stone for the garden! I just love it. We have been adding homemade stepping stones for a long time. We have some made by the boys when they were young. We added all kinds of things to the concrete: shells, marbles, old tools, fossils and rocks. Rick saves everything, and he had a jar of those flat marbles and put this together. I love those 3 blue ones.

Rick has been a maker his whole life. Even when he was a teacher he was carving wood in the evenings. He eventually went back to carpentry and now a handyman. So through the years I have gotten some beautiful handmade gifts. Here are a few of my Valentine's from other years:

This beautiful jewelry box is made from walnut. I can't remember when he made it, but it's been a long time. I use it to keep old pieces that I don't want to get rid of:)

This is from the front of an old coal furnace. (Don't you wish utilitarian things were made this decorative now?) He attached it to a wood base and hinge. Inside he etched a loving message. So sweet!

This heart flower planter is made from copper. You can see that he "sewed" it with copper wire. And then added some smaller hearts to decorate it. This usually hangs on a fence with some dried flowers in it. I love to display these expressions of love from Rick and smile when I see them.

In other news, I'm impatiently waiting for spring. We had to go to southern Indiana to help out some family over the weekend and got to see some crocuses blooming. It can't be long for us now! And I've seen my first robin for the spring!

Monday, February 8, 2016


Things have been very quiet around here. Hence, not much to blog about. I've been in hibernation mode. Spending a lot of time knitting and quilting. Some scrapbooking. Movie watching and  tea drinking. Well, you get the idea!

These hyacinths look and smell like spring and that's what I"m thinking about. I've started quite a few perennial flower seeds. They're mostly all germinated and under lights in the basement. I get such a sense of accomplishment when those little plants come up! (As if I had that much to do with it!)

I have been working on a new sweater, for myself this time. I found the pattern in a Debbie McComber book from the library. I splurged on some good yarn from our local yarn store: River City Yarns. It's called Elysian from Cascade Yarns. I love this soft shade of blue and it works up so nice.

Then I saw this free pattern on cluckclucksew.com. 
and just had to make it. I had several fabrics in these pink and aqua colors that worked perfect together. I'm having fun doing the quilting using a stencil I bought at Joann's. Now I have to figure out how to quilt the inside of the hearts. Hmmm...

How are all of you getting through the winter? I would love to hear!


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Christmas Quilting and Knitting

I hope everyone is settling into a wonderful new year! I sure am, and staying cozy inside while it snows and blows here in Indiana. Winter has finally arrived, and I'm glad I don't have to go out if I don't want to:) I'm making comforting soups, crocheting a warm blanket, sewing a heart quilt, and doing some scrapbooking. If I'm in the mood, I even do some "spring" cleaning. (I do it in the winter - I'm much too busy gardening in the spring.)

We had a wonderful holiday once Justin and Kelly got here. We spent one whole day with everyone, including my niece and her boys -laughing, eating, playing games, and opening presents.  It was perfect -there is just no other word for it! So now that it's all over I wanted to share some pictures of the gifts I made for our little guys.

I made little crib sized quilts for Jasper and Klaus using a variety of reproduction prints. The colors and all the hand quilting make them look and feel like antiques. Of course throwing them in the washer and dryer helped! Then I decided to make these super cute pillows from Amy Sinibaldi's book, Sweetly Stitched Handmades. (There are so many things I want to make in this book!) I hope the boys love to snuggle up in these blankies, as much as I loved making them:)

I also got out the needles and made up these sweaters for all three boys. I used a free online pattern and yarn from Joann's - Vanna's Choice. They were supposed to be hoodies but for the life of me i couldn't figure out how to do the hood. I tried several times and then gave up and made matching hats. Alison said the boys don't really like hoods anyway, so it turned out all right.

I am so loving making things for our grandsons. I used to quilt and knit for our boys when they were little, but that's been a while! Next I will be picking out a pattern and fabric for a little quilt for Beatrix. How fun is that?

Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comments. Stay warm!